Also called ‘sleeping policemen,’ speed humps work in a similar way as traffic cops, in a sense. They require cars to slow down in order to pass over them, or else they’ll experience a very ‘bumpy’ ride and possibly some damage to their vehicle. If, for some reason, you don’t know what a speed hump is, they are kerb to kerb vertical inflections in the road, set apart at various intervals that are put into place in order to regulate the speed of vehicles traveling on the road they are placed on. Speed humps are principally used in residential neighborhoods where drivers may be driving much to fast without even realizing it. After all, the speed limit in many residential neighborhoods is often very low, and it could be hard for many drivers to even know they are going over it.
Not only are speed humps one of the most common and effective ways of reducing the speed of drivers in areas where that is needed, they can also be used in other ways, when placed in the right way. For example, if they are strategically placed on the street, speed humps can create convenient walkways for pedestrians to use to cross the street. They will force a driver to slow down just before the area designated for pedestrians to cross. This makes them especially handy in areas where pedestrian traffic is at an especially high rate.
Speed humps can also come in various shapes, sizes, and materials. This gives them a highly customizable appeal to whoever decides to put them into place. The sizes can be changed in order to influence how much speed the drivers should decrease and the material can be changed in order to match the surroundings. Speed humps can be ordered in various heights and widths, and the combination of both of these specifications will determine whether speed is controlled gradually or abruptly. That all depends on who is installing them and how they feel speed should be handled at their particular site.
With speed being a major problem on today’s streets, speed humps have become commonplace, especially where people are living, walking, and children are playing. These devices are a popular and effective means to keep travel on the road reasonable and to protect pedestrians as well as other drivers. They are a tool that needs to be taken seriously and that should be used anywhere where speed on the road tends to be a problem.